The Communications Unit Leader plans and manages the operational and
technical aspects of the communications function during an incident or event. The
COML’s responsibilities include: develop plans for the effective use of incident
communications equipment and facilities; install and test communications equipment;
supervise the ICC; distribute communications equipment to incident personnel; and
maintain and repair communications equipment.
As for all ICS positions, the COML is responsible for the duties of organizationally
subordinate positions until he or she delegates them to others (INCM, COMT, THSP,
RADO, etc.). When unit leaders do not delegate responsibility, they assume it. As the
COML delegates duties, he or she must also maintain a span of control by overseeing
duties they have assigned.
The COML class targets all Federal, state/territory, tribal, regional, and local emergency
response professionals and support personnel with a communications background.


The Communications Technician is a professional responsible for supporting
the technical activities of the Communications Unit, such as radio/system coverage, radio
programming, maintenance and repair, telephone service to the incident, data access,
and gateway management. This position is critical for implementing technical assets. It:
• Supports the technical implementation of incident communications systems
• Actively assigns and processes equipment distribution
• Tracks equipment and trains operators on equipment use
• Tracks programming levels of equipment
• Understands the complexity of emergency and disaster deployments.
The COMT class targets Federal, state/territory, tribal, urban, local, and emergency
response professionals, and support personnel in all disciplines with a communications
background. The class focuses on those who have technical aptitude but who may not
have strong technical experience.

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